Green jobs for sustainable development: Concepts and practices

Green jobs for sustainable development: Concepts and practices

Green jobs for sustainable development: Concepts and practices

14 Agosto–22 Setembro 2023
O curso está disponível em English, Français, Español
Apresentação do curso

The environment and the world of work are inherently inter-connected. Businesses and jobs depend on natural resources, ecosystem services and nature at large. Thus, economic and social development hinge on a healthy environment. Already today the effects from climate change and environmental degradation can be felt globally, disrupting and eroding the foundations of millions of jobs and livelihoods. The need for a just transition to a low-carbon and resource efficient economy is of particular urgency and requires adjustments throughout all occupations, businesses and economies as a whole.

While in some instances disruptive, the transition to more just societies and economies comes with huge opportunities to boost the economy, create more jobs and improve workplace quality. According to ILO research, the implementation of the Paris Agreement bears the chance to create 18 million more jobs by 2030 compared to carrying on with business-as-usual.

To ensure such positive employment effects, it needs deliberate efforts by governments, businesses and workers to shape the pathway towards a greener economy. This requires knowledge of the key concepts around green jobs

The e-learning course “Green jobs for sustainable development: concepts and practices” therefore provides an interactive e-learning opportunity to explore green jobs concepts and emerging practices. Through a review of tools, selected literature and best practices, participants are introduced to the labour-market implications of the transition to greener and more sustainable economies. The action-oriented curriculum is structured to promote the design and implementation of green jobs policies, programmes and projects.

This course responds to the need among ILO constituents, staff and development partners who seek capacity building opportunities to be accessible in a flexible format. As all other ITCILO training courses on green jobs, it aims at contributing to the formulation and implementation of national policy and strategies and at enabling dialogue between all concerned stakeholders.

Perfil dos participantes

The course is addressed to a mixed audience of professionals interested gaining a deeper understanding of the basic concepts around green jobs, the linkages with the ILO agenda and the sustainable development framework. This includes:

  • Government representatives
  • Social partners
  • Practitioners engaged in the fields of sustainable development and employment promotion
  • Staff from national and international development agencies, and
  • Representatives from civil society organizations and academia
Course objectives

The overall objective of the course is to improve the understanding of green jobs key concepts and definitions as part of the world of work’s contribution to sustainable development, through a review of tools, selected literature and on-going practices.


More specifically, at the end of the course, it is expected that participants:

  • Understand the links between environment, economy and society and are able to explain their interrelated challenges;
  • Can argue why green jobs are key to promote sustainable development;
  • Are able to describe what green and decent jobs are;
  • Know in which sectors green jobs are mostly concentrated and can provide examples from different regions and countries;
  • Recognize the role of governments and social partners in the promotion of policy coherence for the transition to greener and more sustainable economies;
  • Appreciate best practices and useful case studies that illustrate the variety of approaches to fully exploit the business growth and job creation potential, while promoting environmental and social sustainability.
Structure and methodology

The e-learning course “Green jobs for sustainable development: concepts and practices” is conceived to be implemented over a period of 6 weeks, as described below:

Module                                                                                       Week

Pre-course activities & Module 1                                               Week 1

Module 2                                                                                    Week 2

Module 3                                                                                   Week 3

Module 4                                                                                   Week 4

End of course activities Submission of final assignment          Week 5

Revision of final assignments                                                   Week 6


The course is structured around 4 learning modules, addressing 4 fundamental questions:

  • Why are green jobs key to sustainable development?
  • What are green and decent jobs?
  • Where can green jobs be found and/or created?
  • How can green jobs be promoted and by whom?


Throughout the entire course participants will have access to ITCILO’s e-campus and the 4 self-guided e-learning modules with interactive learning activities and case studies, background reading material and key information on the course.

In an interactive, live online session, delivered by ITCILO trainers, participants will have the opportunity to learn and exchange with sector experts and professionals on how to develop and implement green jobs strategies and programs at country or sector level. Recordings of the session will be available on the e-campus.

The course will close with a final assignment that will enable participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge and put it into action.

Why should I join?

The Turin Centre is known for its innovative learning methodologies. This course is designed to give participants full flexibility over their learning journey. It will enable participants to understand the relevant concepts but also to enter into an exchange with follow students and ILO experts to share their country experiences and needs.

The course will allow participants to become leaders on green jobs within their institutional and country context.

Practical information

The course will be conducted in English and Spanish and it will be held fully online.

After successfully completing all required activities, participants obtain an official ITCILO Certificate of Participation in Digital Credentials Format.

The tuition fee for this course is 980 Euros

How to apply?

If you wish to participate in this course, please fill in the online application form available here:

Applications must be received no later than 26 August 2022.

If the participation is sponsored by an institution, the application should be accompanied by a letter from the sponsoring organization.

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